NFF calls for quad bike industry to produce safety measures

THE National Farmers' Federation has again called on manufacturers to improve the safety of quad bikes after another death.

NFF workplace relations committee chair Charles Armstrong said the quad bike industry needed to produce a "child disincentive system" for the bikes.

He said the manufacturers should also start offering modifications that could be retrofitted to bikes to make them safer.

While quad bikes were an essential part of farming, Mr Armstrong said they were still the leading cause of deaths on Australian farms.

"This is not about adding another layer of regulation on to farmers, or making life on the farm harder - it's about keeping farmers and their families safe," he said.

He said manufacturers should also consider provided safe use training and helmets as a condition of sale.

Topics:  national farmers' federation quad bikes quad bike safety

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